Tuesday, November 16, 2010

LSC Roundup 11-16

University leaders want new coach in place before 2011 - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
What’s next for the Angelo State University football team?

The Rams are now without a head coach after athletic director Kathleen Brasfield announced Monday that the contracts for Dale Carr and his coaching staff will not be renewed for next season.

Brasfield said the ASU Athletics Department will work with Champions Search Firm (based out of Jacksonville, Texas) to put together a list of prospects for the team’s new head coach.

ASU President Dr. Joseph Rallo said the university would like to have the position filled by the end of December.

“We want to be relatively aggressive on this,” Rallo said. “That’s why we hired a search firm. We have to be ready to play for next year, and we need to be taking care of the student-athletes we have.”

Two Rams players, junior offensive lineman Stephen Boyles and sophomore safety Alvin Johnson, will be a part of the search committee.

The team’s players met Monday afternoon a few hours after the announcement was made.

“Everybody’s sad, you know. We lost one of our family members,” Johnson said. “Whoever comes, we’re just looking to work hard for him and prepare for the next season. Everybody’s willing to stick together and everything.”

Brasfield said she would like to get a new coach in place as soon as possible.

“Tomorrow would be nice, but I don’t think that is going to happen,” Brasfield said. “One of the things we want to do is to move as quick as possible without moving recklessly, so it is going to take as long as it takes to identify the right person and accomplish what we want to accomplish.”

ASU football players express surprise over coach's firing - Nathan Wright, San Angelo Standard Times
The release of Angelo State University head football coach Dale Carr and four of his assistants from their contracts came as a surprise to some and not a surprise to others.

Carr’s release was made public Monday at the weekly Angelo State Athletic Foundation luncheon. Athletic Director Kathleen Brasfield made the statement before the scheduled program.

“His staff is no longer working as football coaches at Angelo State,” Brasfield said. “I want to remind you how much I appreciate what they have done.”

Carr came to ASU in 2005 after nine seasons at Tyler Junior College. In his first year, he led the Rams to a 9-3 season and berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

However, that season was followed by three years with a combined eight victories before the team posted a winning record again in 2009.

ASU fires head coach - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller Times
With just two winning seasons in his six years at Angelo State, Dale Carr was fired Monday as the Rams’ football coach, ASU athletics director Kathleen Brasfield announced.

Despite the Rams posting victories in three of their final four ballgames, the contracts of Carr and his staff weren’t renewed. Angelo State was 5-5 this season and finished tied for sixth in the overall Lone Star Conference standings.

“It is time to move in a different direction with our football program,” Brasfield said in a statement. “The search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Our goal is to fill the position as early as possible in December.”

College football: Carr fired at Angelo State - Odessa American
Angelo State fires coach - Amarillo Globe News
Angelo State Fires Head Coach, Begins Search for New Head Football Coach - KTXS

The Short List - Dave Henry, Amarillo Globe News
D2Football.com creator Brandon Misener is high on Central Missouri, West Texas A&M's opponent Saturday in the playoffs. The Mules are a dark horse, according to Misener. ... UCM's most famous Mule? Probably legendary hoops coach "Phog" Allen, who coached football and basketball at UCM from 1912-19. Allen went 29-17-2 as the Mules' football coach.

Midwestern State to play in Kanza Bowl - Times Record News
Midwestern State accepted an invitation to compete in the second annual Kanza Bowl on Dec. 4 at Hummer Sports Park in Topeka, Kan.

The Mustangs (8-3), who will make their first bowl appearance in 63 years, were selected as the Lone Star Conference’s representative and will face Washburn of Topeka, Kan.

The Ichabods were picked as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association representative after posting a 7-4 mark this season.

It will be the first meeting between MSU, which moved up one spot to No. 24 in Monday’s rankings, and Washburn on the gridiron.

Midwestern State defeated Central Arkansas in the Kickapoo Bowl following the 1947 season in its last non-playoff postseason showing.

Washburn is in the postseason for the first time since the 2007 playoffs. The Ichabods also were in the playoffs in 2005 and played in the 2004 Mineral Water Bowl in Excelsior Springs, Mo.

UIW should be glad it will have Rios for two more seasons - David Flores, KENSTV
Even with two aching ankles, University of the Incarnate Word running back Trent Rios had a little bounce in his step Monday as he started the last full week of classes before Thanksgiving break.

OK, so I’m speaking figuratively.

Still, Rios left no doubt he would have been ready to play if the Cardinals had a game this week.

While Rios finished his sophomore season a little battered, a 17-16 victory against Texas A&M-Commerce in Saturday’s finale and a record-setting day personally was all the tonic he needed to feel better.

“Right now I’m all banged up and sore, but winning speeds up the healing process,” Rios said Monday. “Injuries are going to happen. It was our last game and I wanted to leave it all out there on the field.”

Rios capped the season with a memorable performance, setting school records with 37 carries for 207 yards. He finished with 288 all-purpose yards, catching three passes for 16 yards and getting 65 yards on three kickoff returns.

“I was just feeling it,” Rios said.

RiverHawks rejected - Ben Johnson, Tahlequah Daily Press
At the time, the Potato Bowl seemed like a good way to promote Northeastern State football. Now looking back, it damaged the RiverHawks’ chances of getting into a Division-II bowl game.

With no chance of making the cut for the 24-team bracket that decides the D-II national champion, NSU’s hopes for postseason football relied on two potential bowl games: the Kanza Bowl or the Mineral Water Bowl.

The odds were heavily in favor of Midwestern State earning a trip to Topeka, Kan., for the Kanza Bowl — traditionally reserved for the highest finishing teams in the Lone Star Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association who don’t make the D-II playoffs. And the inevitable was confirmed when Midwestern State, who beat NSU 28-8 in the final week of the regular season, was selected to take on Washburn on Dec. 4 in Kansas.

That meant NSU had to put all of its eggs in the Mineral Water Bowl basket.

However, the RiverHawks’ fears were confirmed when Pittsburg State was chosen to take on Concordia-St. Paul University in Excelsior Springs, Mo., on Dec. 4. And despite the Mineral Water Bowl having strong ties with the MIAA, NSU head coach Kenny Evans was optimistic in a potential bowl berth.

“We were considered very highly for it,” said Evans, whose team went 6-5 during the regular season. “(The bowl game) was essentially set up to be with a MIAA team, so that factored into the decision. They ended up sticking with the initial policy.”

Buffs too tough - Ada Evening News
CANYON, Texas — East Central University’s ‘Cinderella’ football season ended on a sour note Saturday as the 19th-ranked West Texas A&M Buffaloes bowled over the Tigers 52-21 in a Lone Star Conference football clash at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.

The Tigers, who ended the season at 5-6 overall and captured a share of the LSC North title last week in a last-second win over Texas A&M-Commerce, spotted the Buffaloes a 28-0 advantage on Saturday and didn’t get on the scoreboard until the opening drive of the third quarter.

ECU should make quite a haul in LSC North awards - Bob Forrest, Ada Evening News
Sometime this week, the Lone Star Conference should recognize its top performers from the 2010 football season. And for the first time in several years, the list of North Division notables figures to have a decidedly orange tint to it.

East Central University, which wrapped up an historic campaign Saturday at West Texas A&M, should be well-represented — especially on defense — on the All-North Division squad, and Tim McCarty — who coached the Tigers in 2004 and 2005 and returned in 2009 — looks like a shoo-in as North Coach of the Year.

Bronchos fall in football finale - Edmond Sun
Central Oklahoma’s long tenure in the Lone Star Conference came to an inglorious end Saturday afternoon when the Bronchos fell to Angelo State 49-35 in the season finale.

It was the sixth straight loss for UCO, which finished 2-9 overall — its worst finish since an 0-10-1 campaign in 1989 — and 2-8 in the league. The Bronchos, members of the LSC since 1988, will play as NCAA Division II independents next year before joining the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2012.

Minnesota-Duluth Ends Regular Season at No. 1 in Division II Top 25

Minnesota-Duluth, who started the 2010 football season at No. 4, ends the regular season in the top spot of the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. The Bulldogs are 11-0 and received a bye in the first round of the Division II playoffs. No. 2 Abilene Christian (Texas) has an identical 11-0 mark and will also have a first-round bye in the playoffs. No. 3 Northwest Missouri State, No. 4 Texas A&M-Kingsville and No. 5 Albany State (Ga.), who finished the season at 10-0, round out the Top 5.

Losses by three Top 10 teams caused a shakeup in the poll from No. 7 on down. Valdosta State (Ga.), Shepherd (W.Va.) and Nebraska-Kearney all lost this past weekend and dropped at least nine spots to No. 17, No. 18 and No. 19, respectively, allowing No. 7 California (Pa.), No. 8 Central Missouri, No. 9 Augustana and No. 10 Hillsdale (Mich.) to jump into the Top 10.

Twenty of the 24 playoff teams are ranked in the AFCA Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, with No. 1 Minnesota-Duluth, No. 2 Abilene Christian, No. 5 Albany State and No. 13 Kutztown (Pa.) earning No. 1 seeds in their respective regions.

(Teams in yellow are in playoffs, teams in red are top 25 teams not in playoffs)

  1. Minnesota-Duluth (1)
  2. Abilene Christian (2)
  3. Northwest Missouri (3)
  4. Texas A&M-Kingsville (4)
  5. Albany State (5)
  6. Grand Valley (6)
  7. California (10)
  8. Central Missouri (12)
  9. Augustana (14)
  10. Hillsdale (13)
  11. Mercyhurst (16)
  12. Wayne State, MI (17)
  13. Kutztown (20)
  14. West Texas A&M (19)
  15. St Cloud State (18)
  16. Colorado Mines (21)
  17. Valdosta State (7)
  18. Shepherd (9)
  19. Nebraska-Kearney (8)
  20. Bloomsburg (11)
  21. Michigan Tech (22) - bumped out by earned access
  22. Fort Valley State (23)
  23. Morehouse (24)
  24. Midwestern State (25)
  25. Shaw (NR)
Receiving Votes - North Alabama, Wingate, Colorado St Pueblo, Ashland, Tuskegee, Central Washington, Missouri Western, West Virginia Wesleyan, Delta State, Winston-Salem, Washburn, St. Augustine's, Chadron, Humboldt State

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